COMMUTERS in the city will have to find alternative means to reach their destinations Thursday as taxi and auto drivers associated with the Swabhiman Union will be on a strike to protest against private cab operators.
“We will take a morcha to the Andheri office of Ola and lock their premises. Their services are unauthorised as they have no permits from the RTO. Because of them our drivers are making a loss. Since the government is doing nothing, we will take action,” said KK Tiwary, Mumbai President of Swabhiman Union.
According to Tiwary, 20,000 taxi drivers and 15,000 auto drivers are going to join the morcha. The state government had brought out a notification for a ‘City Taxi Scheme 2015’ in September and sought suggestions and objections from the public.
Among other things, the new rules had stipulated that a GPS device would have to be fit in the taxis and not just on the drivers’ phones. Taxi unions have been protesting against web-based cab- services for a long time now. Swabhiman Union has already gone on strike twice this year, once in June and again in September.